Knowing when your home electrical panel needs upgrading requires that you’re able to spot the signs of trouble. Often homeowners do not know the signs and overlook them when they do happen. The following are five major signs telling you that your home’s electrical panel should be upgraded.
1. You are Experiencing Wiring Issues
One main sign of an outdated panel is faulty wiring. Now, you probably won’t be able to see faulty wiring, but you can definitely see symptoms of it and be aware of what you should pay attention to. It is important to note that faulty wiring has been linked to house fires, so pay extra attention to signs of what may be faulty wiring. The most common signs of trouble are flickering or dimming lights. Some also notice a burning smell with no obvious source. Another thing to look out for is sparking or discolored power outlets, or a consistent shock sensation when you touch plugged in items.
2. You Use Several Extension Cords and Power Strips
Another sign that it may be time to update your electrical panel is if you find yourself using more extension cords or power strips in one area of your home. For one, this means you do not have enough power outlets to meet your needs. This room had the number of outlets the previous electrical expert thought was sufficient, but you are increasing power demands, which could spell trouble. You want to make sure that your home is inspected to make sure that it can safely supply your power needs.
3. Your Home Electrical Panel Needs Upgrading if Your Home is Old
A home electrical panel may need upgrading if the house is old. There are a number of ways you can figure out the age of a house. You can check the home’s records online to see when the house was built. You can also check your own records to see if there is any information on the electrical panel and when it was last updated. Of course, you can also just count the years you have been in your home and if you’ve updated your panel since moving in. If you’ve been there over a decade, it is probably time to get things inspected.
4. Strange Things Happen When You Turn on an Appliance
Your home’s electrical system may need some attention if you notice that your lights dim or flicker when you use an appliance. This usually means that your electrical demands are greater than your existing panel allows, and the issue will only worsen the longer you overlook it. A major sign of trouble is if you notice appliances shutting off when you use another appliance. Try to isolate major appliances until you are able to have an electrical specialist come and help you figure out what is going on.
5. The Circuit Breakers Trip Constantly
Yes, another sign that your home electrical panel needs upgrading is if your circuit breakers trip repeatedly. Those who still have fuses may want to update circuit breakers because fuses are considered a fire hazard. This may be happening to you because you are using too much electricity, and the breakers are trying to protect your home. You want to make sure your home is inspected to see if an electrical upgrade will help.
A specialist should be able to plan this update in a way that suits your needs, so talk to one if you are experiencing any of these signs.
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